About Gaetano’s Italian Restaurant Forest Park

Gaetano’s Italian Restaurant Forest Park IL

A native of the scenic Italian coastal town of Bagheria, Executive Chef Gaetano Di Benedetto started as an apprentice in Palermo back in 1978. He went on to graduate from culinary school and has held the Executive Chef title since 1989.

Gaetano served in Sicily as chef at the prestigious Villa Paino, where he created state dinners for Italian Presidents Francesco Cossiga and Oscar Luigi Scalfaro. Gaetano brought his outstanding kitchen abilities to restaurants in Milan, Paris and London before joining Disney’s first Italian restaurant in the U.S.

Throughout his career Chef Gaetano has accumulated a devoted customer following at his popular Italian restaurants Gaetano’s Forest Park and La Piazza. He has also lent his abilities to good causes, and in 2010 Gaetano was named to the Chef’s for Humanity, an organization of culinary artists from around the world who help fight hunger. Come visit him at Gaetano’s Italian Restaurant Forest Park IL


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Gaetano – who is also an accomplished jazz guitarist – teaches culinary arts classes in both Italian and U.S. cooking schools. He was presented the “Ospitalita Italiana” award by the Italian government in 2011 for his “authentic” Italian restaurant – and honor that only 600 restaurants worldwide have achieved!

At Gaetano’s Forest Park patrons experience fresh, homemade Italian delights like appetizers crab cake cannelloni dei Cesari, outstanding entrees like Costoletta di maiale al granchio, or favorite desserts like our tiramisu or homemade limoncello.

Gaetano’s Italian Restaurant Forest Park is conveniently located on West Madison Street between Ashland and Lathrop Avenues. We’ve been recognized as an excellent dining experience by Zagat’s Chicago and other respected publications as among the finest Italian restaurants in Chicagoland. Visit us tonight for delicious cuisine in an intimate, comfortable setting – perfect for families, date nights, or large parties!

Call 708-366-4010 or make reservations online.

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For any occasion, give the gift of their dreams—the chance to experience something extraordinary at Gaetano’s in Forest Park, IL.

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